"In the award-winning PBS series Discovering Psychology, I cover the fundamental principles in psychology and make the subject accessible to the public. In this book, my mentee, Joe, has done the same for college access and success. He makes use of personal experiences, applies years of empirical research, and his personable teaching style to help young people connect the dots from their present to a fulfilling future.
Fundamental to this work is the highlight of psychological factors that influence college success and life outcomes, which include mental health, a sense of belonging, and most effective mindsets. Any student who is interested in achieving academic success, gaining life direction, navigating college, living healthy, and maximizing their time in college should read this book. This book also highlights self-development, civic engagement, and other crucial topics that make a college experience whole and worthwhile.
Those who support students, such as parents and counselors, also need to read this book to gain a comprehensive look at the obstacles that emerging adults face. This book addresses the distinct challenges of diverse student populations, such as first-generation college students, minorities, women in STEM, and athletes. Furthermore, school leaders will benefit from this read as they will find useful initiatives and practices to increase academic achievement, retention, and the long-term success of their pupils and institutions. Joe establishes himself as an expert in the field.
I highly recommend this book and The Good Student organization, which offers the Student Success Survey (S3). This survey will enable students to get immediate support to life challenges and streamline their journey to school and life success. Joe's work is especially needed during the challenges of the pandemic and changes in learning environments."
– Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, President & Founder of the Heroic Imagination Project, former APA President, and TED Speaker
"The Good Student's pioneering work is sure to empower students everywhere."
―Kare Anderson, Author of Mutuality Matters, TED Speaker, and Emmy-winning NBC journalist
"I highly recommend The Good Student organization, which offers the Student Success Survey (S3). This survey will enable students to get immediate support to life challenges and streamline their journey to school and life success."
―Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, President & Founder of The Heroic Imagination Project, former APA President, and TED Speaker
"The Good Student provides an outstanding resource for young people... and needs to be made widely available to teens through high schools, social media, and other venues they frequent."
―Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. Author of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (helping over one million readers)